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Good news! Dustin Pedroia texted Bobby Valentine that he was ready to play. Bad news! Valentine tried to read the text while riding a bicycle downhill.
Good news for the Red Sox: second baseman Dustin Pedroia sent a text to manager Bobby Valentine to tell him that his broken finger would not keep him out of action. Bad news for the Red Sox: Bobby Valentine attempted to read the text while riding his bicycle.
Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine suffered minor injuries to his knees and hips after skidding on his bike and sliding down a hill in New York's Central Park.
[...] An avid biker, Valentine admitted it's wrong to ride and read texts. At least he was wearing a helmet.
After dwelling on this story for a while, I have some conflicted thoughts on the matter. They are as follows:
- Valentine should have known better. That knowledge is pretty basic. I'll really let him have it if he tries that again.
- If I'm the GM, I don't care if your player has an injured hand. I'll bar you from the clubhouse if you do something dangerous like that.
- Shouldn't Valentine get hit with a fine for texting and riding? He ought to be slapped with Huffy at the least.
- It's not like Pedroia's injury really matters anyway, since the Red Sox deraill the Yankees by 25 games.
- Pedroia is a phenomenal talent. Every other second baseman wishes he could be him. Expect great things from him in the years to come.
- If Pedroia can play at full strength with a broken finger, that'll be a miracle. I personally wouldn't play if I were him.
- I bet the Red Sox locker room atmosphere has been rather tense. Pedroia's decision to play should help lift morale a bit.
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